The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0437  Thursday, 5 September 2013


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, September 5, 2013

Subject:     Virtual Paul’s Cross Project


I learned from Will Sharpe this morning on Facebook of the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project


The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project recreates the sermon John Donne prepared to deliver at Paul’s Cross in the churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Tuesday, November 5th, 1622, accompanied by the sounds of the crowd and the ambient noise of bells, birds, dogs, and horses.



The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project enables us to experience the delivery of a public sermon in early modern London as an event that unfolds over time on a particular occasion and in a specific physical location.


To explore the cathedral and its churchyard, go directly to Visual Model. To see the visual model from several angles, go to Fly Around the Visual Model:




You can explore Paul’s Churchyard as an acoustic space, or hear Donne’s full sermon. You can learn about the script for the sermon, about the occasion for the sermon.



You can hear a sample of the sermon here:


According to the web site, the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project helps us to explore public preaching in early modern London, enabling us to experience a Paul’s Cross sermon as a performance, as an event unfolding in real time in the context of an interactive and collaborative occasion. This Project uses architectural modeling software and acoustic simulation software to give us access experientially to a particular event from the past – the Paul’s Cross sermon John Donne delivered on Tuesday, November 5th, 1622.


Thanks, Will. 


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